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Prostate Cancer UK – Metartec’s charity of the month

03 July 2018


Prostate Cancer UK – Metartec’s charity of the month

Metartec’s charity of the month for June is Prostate Cancer UK which has been chosen by one of our Marketing Executive, Chikumo.

 Why Prostate Cancer UK?

My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. Although it is said to be one of the most treatable forms of cancer as it is so common in men, it took a long time for him to be diagnosed as a lot of signs were missed.

I don't think there is a lot of awareness when it comes to the prostate and what is 'normal'. I also think there in't enough people (especially men) that talk about illnesses such as cancer and what they go through both mentally and physically. 

About Prostate Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK

What is the prostate?

Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra – the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm. 

Am I at risk of prostate cancer? 

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk.

If you have any of these risk factors or are worried about your risk of prostate cancer, or if you have any symptoms, speak to your GP. They can talk to you about your risk, and about the tests that are used to diagnose prostate cancer. You can also get in touch with our Specialist Nurses, who can help you understand your personal risk of prostate cancer.

Does the prostate have any symptoms?

Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms. So, even if you don’t have symptoms, if you’re a black man over 45 or prostate cancer runs in your family, speak to your GP about your risk of prostate cancer.

Some men with prostate cancer may have difficulty urinating. Men with prostate cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body might have pain in the back, hips or pelvis, problems getting or keeping an erection, blood in the urine, or unexplained weight loss. These symptoms are usually caused by other things that aren’t prostate cancer. For example, if you notice any changes when you urinate or have trouble controlling your bladder, this could be a sign of an enlarged prostate or prostatitis. But it’s still a good idea to talk to your GP so they can find out what’s causing them.

For more information, visit the Endometriosis UK website via - https://prostatecanceruk.org/ or their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.